Rule making is the process the Department of Health uses when proposing to create, change, or delete rules in order to protect public health. To learn more, see the department’s “What is Rule Making?” webpage.
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Current rules in progress
- Acute Care and Psychiatric hospitals- Fees
The department has filed a CR-101 (PDF) proposing rulemaking to consider updates to rules regarding acute care and private psychiatric hospital fees to address funding needs. Updates may be necessary to adequately fund the hospital inspection, investigation, and licensing program work necessary to license and regulate hospitals to keep patients safe.
RCW 43.70.250 requires that licensing fees must cover regulatory program expenses which necessitates each facility’s licensing and regulatory program(s) to be self-funding. Fee adjustments can only be made by updating rules.
Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to provide input.
- Acute Care hospitals – 23-hour crisis relief centers
The Department is considering amending the Acute Care Hospital regulations in chapter 246-320 WAC to implement Second Substitute Senate Bill 2SSB 5120 (PDF) relating to 23-hour crisis relief centers, a new type of facility that will provide mental health and substance use crisis response to adults.
CR-101(PDF) - Amending the Acute Care Hospital regulations in chapter 246-320 WAC to establish rules prohibiting hospitals licensed under 70.41 RCW from discharging or transferring a patient to a 23-hour crisis relief center unless the hospital has a formal relationship with the 23-hour crisis relief center.